The precise origins of the Abyssinian remains unclear, although it is fairly certain that the wife of an English Army officer, a Mrs Captain Barrett-Leonard, brought the original specimen back to Britain from Abyssinia in 1868. Other members of the army may have also brought these cats back from what is now known as Ethiopia around this time. It is known that the first mention in a book was in 1874, the breed was recognized in Britain in 1882.
The worst thing that you can do to an Abyssinian is deprive it of human company, and it is important that it lives in a household where they get lots of human interaction. They need plenty of space and don't necessarily being confined. It is a good climber. It is playful and inquisitive but also sensible and will not rush into situations recklessly. After a game it will be happiest sitting on its owners lap being stroked and petted.
The Abyssinian Cat Club of Australia's website is http://www.abyssinian.org.au
The facts presented in this Blog Post were retrieved from 'The Ultimate encyclopedia of cat breeds and cat care' by Alan Edwards, and also from the Purina website.